Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
medicine may cause some people to feel drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, or more
tired than they are normally. Make sure you know how
you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything
else that could be dangerous if you are not alert
It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits.
Your doctor may want to do certain tests to see if the medicine is working
properly or to see if certain side effects may be occurring without your knowing
This medicine may cause a loss of potassium from your
. To help prevent this, your doctor may want you to eat or drink
foods that have a high potassium content (for example, orange or other citrus
fruit juices) or take a potassium supplement. It is very important to follow
these directions. Also, it is important not to change your diet on your own.
This is more important if you are already on a special diet (as for diabetes)
or if you are taking a potassium supplement. Extra potassium may not be necessary
and, in some cases, too much potassium could be harmful.
For diabetic patients
This medicine may raise blood and urine sugar levels. While you are
using this medicine, be especially careful in testing for sugar in your blood
or urine. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
Your doctor may want you to increase the amount of fluids you drink while
you are taking this medicine. This is to prevent kidney stones. However, do
not increase the amount of fluids you drink without first checking with your
For patients taking acetazolamide as an anticonvulsant
If you have been taking acetazolamide regularly
for several weeks or more, do not suddenly stop taking it
. Your doctor
may want you to reduce gradually the amount you are taking before stopping